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Specialization Areas in Chemistry Specialization in Biochemistry
Biochemistry is the science of the chemical transformations that characterize living systems. Biochemistry deals with the structures, functions and interactions of cellular components such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids and other biomolecules—although increasingly processes rather than individual molecules are the main focus. Among the vast number of different biomolecules, many are complex and large molecules (known as biopolymers), which are composed of similar repeating subunits (called monomers). Students with such specialization can easily understand life at its very basis and are able to answer many important questions, such as: How does the food we eat get converted into energy? Why do proteins fold and how do they act as catalysts? How does our immune system protect us, and why does it sometimes fail? How does the immune system develop memory? How is DNA replicated? How do we use recombinant DNA technology to identify and to manipulate genes? How do medicines work inside the body?

The new added specialization in Biochemistry caters to students having a strong interest in biology and biological chemistry by incorporating biologically related lecture and laboratory courses. Many students in this program plan to attend medical or dental school, but a significant fraction pursue graduate study in chemistry, biochemistry, environmental science, or related areas.

Additional Courses for Specialization in Biochemistry for BS degree
Students seeking for a BS degree in Chemistry with a Specialization in Biochemistry will not only complete the requirement for the core courses for the BS degree, but also take additional courses designed for these students as listed below:
Genetics 3 hours
Molecular Biology 3 hours
Biochemistry II 3 hours
Also, students seeking the BS degree with Specialization in Biochemistry may take one of the elective courses listed on CPS after selecting this specialization.
Students in the Specialization Area must complete the required courses with grades of "C" or better (grades of "C-"or below are not acceptable).
Additional Courses for Specialization in Biochemistry for MS degree
Students seeking for a MS degree in Chemistry with a Specialization in Biochemistry will not only complete the requirement for the core courses for the MS degree, but also take additional courses designed for these students as listed below:
Kinetic of chemical reactions

3 hours

Biofuel

3 hours

Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry

3 hours

Also, students seeking the MS degree with Specialization in Biochemistry may take the elective courses listed on CPS after selecting this specialization.

Students in the Specialization Area must complete the required courses with grades of "C" or better (grades of "C-"or below are not acceptable).
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